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ukraine in just three days. will it hold and will fighting intensify until then? >> a chilling text message suggests chris kyle knew something was off with the man who would kill him moments later. the media drama in the american sniper trial. did it stem from an ongoing parking dispute or was it something much deeper and worse. three muslim college students shot in the head. a college town rocked. today the search for why. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm john berman. breaking overnight, there is a deal. the question is is it real and will it stick? thousands have died in what has become an all-out war in eastern ukraine. this morning after a marathon night of negotiations and moments when it looked like it all might fall apart, russian leader vladimir putin and the
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president of ukraine agreed on a cease-fire. it is scheduled to take effect midnight between saturday and sunday. it includes withdrawal of heavy weapons, the creation of a demilitarized shown, but complicated hazy agreements on who governs the region and who controls the borders. [ gunfire ] >> it does seem a fragile peace agreement at best with all sides saying the work is far from over. senior international correspondent nick robinson is in minsk where the talks took place. and nick paton walsh is on the ground in donetsk where they've seen some of the worst there. nick you were there for the talks, waiting to hear from all these leaders. what do the terms of the cease-fire really mean? >> reporter: well the german foreign minister said that not everything was achieved.
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i think that's the headline here. after 17 hours of talks at one point in the last couple hours are the talks, the ukrainian president saying there wasn't enough on the table. the separatists in the southeast of ukraine saying the same thing. it looked like falling apart. it seems the leaders after such long talks all the way through the night sort of parked what they got, as much as they could get, far from complete. the issue obviously, the cease-fire doesn't come into place for 2 1/2 days, that allows for slippage potential for escalation. you have the cease-fire. if that works, you get the pullback of heavy weapons. if that works, you get a demilitarized zones. if that works the separatists get local election if that works, the ukrainian government gets control, the border between the separatist region and russia something that was very important for them. all this relies on trust. it relies on that trust improving and growing. that, of course was what was in very short supply here in minsk.
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there are a lot of questions and a lot of concerns moving forward. >> so many ifs and so much reliance on trust in an area where there is none. i want to bring in nick paton walsh in donetsk. when you have an agreement with a delay in the implementation is there some land grab, the fighting actually intensifies before the moment the deal is supposed to take effect. what are you seeing on the ground there and what's the reaction been to this agreement? >> reporter: potentially very dang laos 50 hours ahead. this is intense going on in debaltsevo. the russian president suggested he thought the ukraineian soldiers should give themselves up. that will be a key flash point in the days ahead, certainly put aside the potential for stray shelling to hit civilians in both areas.
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that could seriously upset the agreement. historically all there has to be is for one part of the agreement for them to feel it hasn't been honored for the rest of it to fall apart. you have to ask yourselves on the ground how the separatist fighters react to some sequential deal like this. we broke the news to some of them 234 front lines to the south of donetsk, and their reaction was we don't trust the ukrainian military. we won't stop until we have all of the next region. we don't think we can do much else other than live separate from ukraine. >> ominous. why would they give up if they think they're winning. gentlemen, thank you so much. will the cease-fire hold? that's of course the key question. do european allies trust vladimir putin? will the deal lead to the end of the bloody crisis in ukraine? a lot of questions. former senator joe lieberman will join us in a few minutes to
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give his take. now let's turn to the fight against isis and president obama's war plan now in the hands of congress. the debate really centers on ground troops whether congress will limit how and where the president can send in u.s. forces. the debate already raging on capitol hill. >> the president trying to thread a congressional needle here. he faces opposition from both parties. want to bring in white house correspondent michelle kosinski. this operation has been going on for six months the bombing going on for six months. after all that time you might think official authorization might come quickly. you might think that but you'd be wrong. >> reporter: when you think about it it's not really necessary. the white house says the existing authorization which, by the way, in this request still stands, gives them all the authority they need to continue. that's just one part of the bizarre puzzle that is this new authorization for the use of military force. we're hearing a taste of that debate now in the house foreign relations committee. they're not debating the aumf
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per se. it's about strategy versus isis. this is coming up. we're hearing some on the committee urge for more flexibility while some of the speakers are worried about this leading to a greater war bringing up the specter, even, of vietnam. we know there are democrats who would like to see this aumf request more restrictive. many republicans would like to see it less restrictive. so where will it end? it could take many weeks for this to come really to a conclusion. that would mean either congress approving the president's language not approving it and not acting not really authorizing a new document on that or tweaking it and coming up with their own. john and kate. >> a debate worth having. this is their job to authorize the use of military force. glad to see it's finally happening at some level. michelle thank you so much. new information in the death of bob simon. the "60 minutes" correspondent
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was killed last night. the town car he was riding in hit another car and slammed into a metal highway barrier. police say simon's driver who survived might have been speeding. he also said both drivers passed sobriety tests and also simon did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt. bob simon reported in some of the most dangerous places on earth and did so brilliantly in a half-century career that was really simply marvelous. he spent 40 days as a hostage in iraq once. this is how his cbs colleague scott pelley broke the news. >> the veteran correspondent has been with "60 minutes" since 1996 and he is renowned for his international coverage. vietnam is where he first began covering warfare and he gave us firsthand reporting from virtually every major battlefield around the world since. during the beginning of the first gulf war in 1991, bob and his cbs news crew were captured and detained as p.o.w.s for 40
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days in iraqi prisons. his body of work earned bob too many journalistic honors to count here tonight. bob's daughter tanya is a talented producer for "60 minutes." tonight our thoughts are with tanya and bob's family and his many many friends. >> bob simon was the reporter that so many of us including me wanted to be. won 27 emmys. he was 73 years old. >> scott pelley who is often pretty unflappable, you can see the anguish in his face. other headlines we're looking at. a police officer in alabama has been suspended after he put a grandfather in the hospital with very serious injuries. 57-year-old patel is from india. he doesn't speak english. he was visiting his son and young grandson. he was walking in the neighborhood when somebody report add suspicious person. police say there was a communication problem, patel resisted a pat-down.
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the officer forced him to the ground. patel's spine was damaged in that and he's now partially paralyzed they say. authorities promise a full investigation. officials say there's audio and video of the incident. an attorney says the family plans to file a lawsuit. two al jazeera journalists in prison for more than a year in egypt were finally released pending trial. this was the scene in the courtroom. [ cheers and applause ] >> finally. these journalists were convicted of supporting the muslim brotherhood. they pled not guilty. they appealed and they will face a retrial now. amnesty international says they are being used as pawns in a dispute between egypt and qatar. egypt is the sixth leading jailer of journalists in the world. so vladimir putin must pay. that is the aggressive stance from former senator joe
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lieberman. coming up we'll ask him if he thinks this cease-fire in ukraine has a chance of sticking. a bombshell in the american sniper trial as it's just getting under way. a text message sent by chris kyle the american sniper about the man who would shortly thereafter kill him. why it might bolster the defendant's case. over $98 million dollars and creating over 2100 jobs. from long island to all across upstate new york, more businesses are coming to new york. they are paying no property taxes no corporate taxes no sales taxes. and with over 300 locations, and 3.7 million square feet available, there's a place that's right for your business. see if startup-ny can work for you. go to
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overnight there was a deal that is supposed to make peace between eastern ukraine in a bloody conflict growing worse by the day. >> even russian president vladimir putin and ukrainian
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president poroshenko have agreed to a deal will it hold or fall apart like the last agreement reached in september. let's bring in former senator joe lieberman. you've been following this very closely. you were just overseas at a security conference where this was the topic. are you optimistic? will this hold? will this lead to the end? >> i'm sceptical. obviously it's better the cease-fire seems to have been reached than not. why am i skeptical? two reasons. this is essentially the same agreement achieved in minsk and that was violated almost right away. the second is these people don't trust each other and there's an imbalance of strength. the separatists have the backing of putin and russia. the ukraineians don't have that kind of backing which i believe we should give them. i think the west certainly the united states should give fighters the weapons with which to defend themselves.
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>> now, before you see if this deal works? >> i do. because i think if we give them the weapons to defend themselves, it actually raises the prospects that the cease-fire will hold because it creates a little more balance on the ground and creates a bit of a disincentive for putin and the separatists to to keep moving through eastern ukraine. the danger here is that this cease-fire line will become permanent and eastern ukraine will become well like berlin during the cold war. >> you don't want to wait to see whether it works before you start sending weapons? >> that seems to be president obama's approach. there was a discussion he wanted to hold and see if this cease-fire -- if this can happen along diplomatic lines first. >> my guess is the president will not want to send weapons. i don't agree. i think that this is the time for us to -- let's go back and remember what happened. this started because the
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ukrainian people voted to associate with the european union. they wanted to turn west. they want freedom. they don't want putin's ought to being see and demagogue fi. he can't take that. he began to supply weapons to the separatists, seize crimea. tights biggest challenge to our alliance since the cold war. if we just sit back he's going to tend to eat up pieces of the country around him. >> no question there's a war in eastern europe. let's play this out then. you arm the ukrainians you arm the ukrainian military. russia as a response does what? they send in more tanks or heavier weaponry. >> no one thinks ukraine can out-weapon out-man, have more strength than russia. >> the ukrainian army can't beat russia in an open conflict
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because the russian army is so big. the ukrainians are goot good fighters and they're fighting for their freedom, for their own independence. i'm not saying this is the risk. to me -- president poroshenko who i met with in munich he pleaded with us please send us the arms. we can't defend ourselves. >> why don't you think president obama will send arms? >> i think in part this is the general -- sort of holding back from getting involved in conflicts elsewhere in the world. it's been part of the administration. i think part of it is that our allies in europe are urging president obama to sit back -- >> it sounds like secretary kerry privately at least, make he said it to you, he's in favor -- some suggestion he's in favor -- did you hear that? >> i don't want to report any private conversations. >> that sounds like a yes to me. >> there's clearly a debate going on within the administration about whether to send them weapons or not. to me we're all about freedom.
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we're all about responding to people who are asking us for help. >> senator, you know a lot more about this than i do. help me understand then how it does play out. vladimir putin has shown no sign of backing down. if you send ukraine more weapons, if vladimir putin sends more weapons, how far are you willing to go? >> the alternative is to yield. one explanation of why putin has agreed to the cease-fire now is that he's beginning to be hurt by the sanctions, economic sanctions against him. the european union has adopted more sanctions which they were going to implement if the cease-fire was agreed to. he's got an economic incentive to make the deal but doesn't have a track record for keeping deals like this. what's the response? either you agree to let putin and the separatists essentially control a large part of ukraine, which they've taken by aggression or you confront them. let's say he does respond to us
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sending weapons to the ukrainian army. our response i think is to ratchet up the sanctions and hurt his economy even more. because they're already suffering now as a result of the drop in the price of oil. as i said before nato we always say is the most successful military alliance in history. we won the cold war. this is the most serious challenge, the russian movement into ukraine, most serious challenge to nato since the end of the cold war. and this is a hot war. this is not a cold war. they're fighting on the ground. over 5,000 ukrainians have been killed in this war. i don't think we can sit back and think it's not going to continue to move over europe. so the question is do you take them on now, or do you wait until he's swallowed up more of eastern europe. >> senator, will you come back and talk to us about this? >> i'd be honored to. >> we love having you here.
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>> thank you. just before he was shot and killed former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle sent a text message. we'll have more about the message and why it might help the defense in the american sniper murder trial. in my world, wall isn't a street. return on investment isn't the only return i'm looking forward to. for some every dollar is earned with sweat, sacrifice, courage. which is why usaa is honored to help our members with everything from investing for retirement to saving for college. our commitment to current and former
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so much emotion, so much drama already in the trial of the man accused of killing american sniper chris kyle. right now there's an investigator on the stand from this case. of course eddie ray routh is accused of killing kyle and his
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friend chad little fooeld in 2013. >> the first day featured emotional testimony. taia kyle said she could tell something was wrong when she spoke to her husband on the phone shortly before he was killed. >> the defense is mounting an insanity case here. they red texts from kyle about the accused killer. these texts show that just before he was killed kyle had concerns about routh's mental and emotional stability. >> he texts him, this dude is straight up nuts. this dude is straight up nuts. and chad littlefield texts chris kyle back he's right behind me watch my six. >> let's bring in former federal prosecutor sunny hostin. very emotional day. on this day we just heard about
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the text messages. it's surprising that text messages by chris kyle are being used by the defense. >> i will tell you that text message will be very helpful to the defense. the issue is not who did it. it's just whether or not he was insane at the time when he committed the murders. he's admitted to doing this. he admitted it to his sister. now you have at the time -- >> basically testimony from the victim here. >> that's right. you have it at the time when they were together saying i think this guy is nuts. i think that's really significant, especially because when you look at the insanity defense, it's brought forth in felony cases less than 1% of the time. it's even less successful in -- only successful in a fraction of those cases. it's very rarely successful. you need to be able to prove that at the time it occurred, someone was nuts, someone was suffering from some sort of mental disorder. what better evidence than a text from the victim. i've got to tell you, i rare li
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say that these defenses are going to be successful. i think in this case the defense has a very strong chance of being successful. >> what about the fact this guy had been hospitalized right? >> a couple times. >> he had been in and out of the hospital for mental issues. does that matter at all, or is it really just the moment of that matters? >> i think it certainly matters. i was a juror on a case involving insanity and we found him guilty but not responsible because of insanity. there was in that case just a very long history of institutionalization by -- for that defendant, and i can tell you that i myself thought that was important and my fellow jurors thought it as well. so certainly jurors will look at whether or not this is just some shady defense that just pops up out of nowhere or did this person really have a history of mental illness, or is he faking it. so when you have someone that has that history in and out, you have someone that was a soldier,
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you have someone that -- who confessed and whose family says gosh he was having so much trouble, sort of reintegrating into the community, i think you have a pretty successful defense. >> you have on the flip side chris kyle's very emotional wife on the stand laying out what she -- what happened that day. he contacted her, he was acting strange when he was talking to her and she's wearing his dog tags. >> it's tragic all the way around. i think this defendant will see some sympathy from the jury. >> sunny hostin it will be very interesting. we'll be watching it closely. you'll come back again. a crime that has rattled so many in north carolina and frankly the muslim community all over the country. the question s was this a hate crime. three muslim college students shot in the head. could it really have just been a parking dispute? wrong. because you're not you you're a cancer hospital and your daughter... she's a team of leading researchers... and that brilliant idea is a breakthrough
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the fbi has come in and they're assisting police now in the case. >> family members are sticking by their claims that hicks threatened the three before the shooting. in fact the father of two of the victims says he believes this was a hate crime. >> my daughter told us on more than two occasions that this man came knocking at the door and fighting about everything with a gun on his belt more than twice. she told us daddy, i think he hates us for who we are and how we look. >> just horrible to hear. lits bring in lynn is a sar sore strategist for the campaign to take on hape as well as chapel hill's mayor, mark kleinschmidt. thank you for your time i know
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it's a difficult time for everyone in your community. clearly a lot of folks are struggling to think three young lives were taken over a parking dispute. is there anything more to the question this might have been a hate crime? >> that's the question we're struggling with including the law enforcement officials. answering that question is what has led us to engage with other authorities including federal authorities to help determine what the motive could possibly have been. the question his motivation is still one that we're very diligently investigating. >> linda, as you look at this what are your concerns? i was on the news overnight yesterday, very early morning. i was getting so many messages from so many people in the muslim community trying to alert the world to what went on here saying they were very concerned and frankly very scared.
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>> on social media immediately after the incident happened watching young people across the country talking about how they fear walking in their own college campuses young women who wear head scarves calling on people not to go out alone and to walk in groups. this is not how we want to live in our country. many of these young people are born and raised here. the fear is real and it's valid. this is not a paranoia. it sent shockwaves across the country in arab american and muslim american communities in every corner across this country. >> mr. mayor, there are two divergent things folks are struggling with as we continue to use that word. you have chapel hill, research triangle very desirable place to live and then you have this happen. i know a lot of folks are going to be looking to you today to ask the question is it safe in chapel hill? is this a problem you've been struggling with in the community? >> i think you're right in your observation. this incident is a stark --
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stands in stark contrast to the reputation and i believe a well-earned reputation of chapel hill being a welcoming and embracing community, a community that understands that its greatness is actually derived from the diversity of the folks who come here to learn and to live and build lives and raise families. and that's why it's confusing and it's challenging for us as anyone. today in response to that we are working hard and i know i personally acknowledge the realities of the fear that folks in the muslim community are feeling today, both here and around the country. here locally we are working to ensure that folks feel the compassion feel the love of the community that they're a part of. we will continue to ensure that this is a safe community. events like this in chapel hill are very very rare.
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in fact any kind of violent crime is very very rare and it's something that we're not well practiced and experienced with. but what we are practiced in and what we do do very well is to embrace each other and to provide comfort for each other. that's what we're trying to do today. >> it's important at this time mr. mayor, linda sarsour, i hope you get the answers you're looking for. sorry it has to be so short. we have news just in to cnn. the white house is now responding to this deal that was hammered out overnight to reach peace in eastern ukraine. let's get straight to the white house. michelle kosinski joins us. what is the white house saying about this deal? >> reporter: we didn't hear from them right away. we want to make sure their experts could analyze the situation and take a close look. what we have now is a very skeptical and you can say maybe expectly so statement on the situation saying it's a potentially significant step forward, calling on all parties
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to act and fully implement this agreement right away. and the u.s. is listing what needs to be done that the cease-fire needs to be honored. heavy weapon removed away and that russia needs to stop supporting and arming the rebels inside ukraine. i think it's a really telling sentence here just showing the u.s.'s skepticism of russia's actions even now. the true test of today's accord will be in its fum and unambiguous implementation including the restoration of ukrainian control over its border with russia. ending this with the united states is particularly concerned about the escalation of fighting today which is inconsistent with the spirit of the accord. clearly the white house is skeptical. they're not sure if this is going to -- to be the successful result that has been waited for for so many months now. i think it's been interesting, even in the last few weeks we've seen this pro grex and language
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as the u.s. describes russia's action in ukraine. at the beginning of the conflict they would call it an incursion or a violation. then it got to be something brazen. in the past week we heard susan rice laying out the national security strategy call russia's actions a deadly and heinous assault. that's where we stand now, john and kate. >> the white house unwilling to trust, i think, this agreement until they see it's fully implemented. it's based on trust where there is no trust. >> as you're looking over the statement, importantly, it also continues to be silent on the issue, the critical issue everyone is discussing whether or not the united states is any closer to making a decision to arm, to offer defensive arms to ukraine. that's the next step of course in this consideration. michelle thank you so much. coming up police and race relations. the head of the fbi says the country is at a crossroads on
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the issue. he's diving into the debate right now giving a much anticipated and watched speech at georgetown university. we'll go into it and tell you why and how he's trying to bridge the divide. the most wanted woman in europe now gone from europe. the word is she has linked up with isis in syria. new information coming overnight. we'll tell you the very latest.
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this hour the director of the fbi wrapped up a speech where he took head on the tensions and recent violence between police and minorities. james comey says getting to the root of what happened last year in ferguson missouri and staten island new york is an uncomfortable but necessary conversation. >> the director says he doesn't think officers sign up to help black people or white people but all people. he says that years and years on the job makes officers cynical and can affect their judgment. >> those of us in law enforcement must redouble our efforts to resist bias and prejudice. we must better understand the people we serve and protect by trying to know deep in our gut what it feels like to be a law abiding young black man walking down the street and encountering law enforcement. we must understand how that young man may see us.
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we must resist the lazy shortcuts of cynicism. >> lazy shortcuts of cynicism. i want to bring in security specialist rashid abdul salon. help me understand the significance of this address. why is it important to hear this from the director of the fbi? >> it's so important in that director comey is the top cop in our nation and the fbi as far as an agency and entity sets the tone and the standards for law enforcement practice and policies and procedures and training for every law enforcement academy in our nation. the things that he is touching on here are so significant, there are so many different layers of effectiveness to what he is saying because when he talks about the years of activity of particular officers what that does it manifests itself into a particular culture
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outside of the training that officers get. it's a well-known thing when you go through the police academy and get out from training the first contact that you come into actually working as a police officer is your field training officer. in those first two weeks or some departments it may be a month, depending upon how long your probationary period is that field training officer can, in effect reverse practically 50% or 60% of those things that you've learned in the police academy going forward because they have that much influence on how you put into practice your knowledge in going forward as a police officer. it's crucial. >> do you also think on some level that director comey is kind of trying to balance some of the words that we've heard and the criticism that we've heard when other top law enforcement officials, which would be attorney general eric holder as well as even new york's mayor bill de blasio.
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when they've spoken out on this tension, on these issues they've been harshly criticized for being unfairly critical of police. then you hear from police saying law enforcement is not the root cause of the problems. do you think this maybe is an effort to balance what has seemed to be an imbalanced take by some? >> it is because the take that the people are taking in terms of the criticism to the mayor of new york and to attorney general holder and even our president, president obama, the critics are taking it from a political perspective. now you have the top cop who knows law enforcement inside and out and they in effect set the standard for law enforcement application, training and practices, policies and procedures. who is going to contradict this particular individual? it would be interesting to see going forward who, in fact will try to come forward to contradict the top cop in our nation. >> excellent point. also you say after all of these
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speeches words into action a lot of folks are going to have that conversation going forward about this. rashid thank you so much. great to see you. a few minutes before the hour now. we have a forecast for you that you are not going to believe. >> you don't want to even hear it probably. >> a new major snowstorm is headed for boston not just snow but potential blizzard conditions and bitter bitter cold. we have the ugly details next.
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so boston you just can't
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get a break. the city is about to get slammed with another snowstorm this weekend. this is after the city broke record upon record upon record upon record when it comes to the snow. >> this is serious. possible blizzard conditions. up to a foot more of snow and that's on top of the 6 feet that has fall nurse the last three weeks in some places. we are joined now from the cnn weather center. this can't possibly be for real. >> i know, it seems like we're in this horrible dream. this nightmare, of course. when you already have a couple feet of snow on the ground and now the forecast is calling for an additional foot possibly, it is just not good across the northeast. add to that, very cold temperatures. right now in minneapolis zero. chicago, 10. detroit 12. this very cold air is going to push to the east and it is going to be in the northeast in the next 24 hours or so and it is going to stay there. why?
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because we have three rounds of it. we have round one coming through. round two on sunday and then round three by the time we get to midweek and look how far south this cold air gets. all the way to the gulf of mexico. so we're going to be talking about very cold air at least for the next seven days. these are high temperatures. boston you're in the teens and 20s. you've been about the teens and 20s for the last week or so on and off. by the end of next week, you're temperatures are going to get even colder. new york city highs in the teens. single digits for lows for tonight and tomorrow morning. let's time this thing out. it is going to move to the east. a little bit of snow today and tonight. the big snow maker, possible blizzard conditions guys by the time we get to the end of the weekend. we could be talking about another system midweek next week. >> say it ain't so, jennifer. it's amazing because the mayor said when we had him on the show that they need about a week
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without any snow and they'll be able to get everything cleaned up. it seems that's going to continue to be more and more delayed. >> this is no joke. this is a dangerous situation. they have a lot of snow. >> nowhere to put it and they're talking about blizzard conditions. >> think about rooftops. >> hope for the best for those people. >> thanks so much. finding love we're told -- >> oh, tell me. >> laurie siegal shows us how the smartphone now is the key. >> there's really no better way to talk about how things have changed and the online dating scene than to go offline to a bar in new york city on a friday night. do you use apps to date? >> i use cupid. >> i think the bar right now is littered full of people on online dates. the modern dating game. where you're a click or a tap away from love or something
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like it. apps that let you swipe through your options. people are pixels where the formula for love is coded into your smartphone filtered by location age gender. your love may never change but the way we find it has evolved. and here's the thing about love now. mobile has changed everything. remember when you used to ask a friend to set you up. this is an app that browses the network of your facebook friends and comes up with a match. and tindr which uses geo location to link up nearby people who are interested. shawn rad founded tindr. used to have these worlds were there was online and then there was offline. >> the distinction exists when i'm behind a computer which is usually at a fixed location. but with our phones, it's with
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us everywhere we go. >> and you get like good morning emoji. >> oh, my gosh. >> do you think that technology changes things for the better or for the worse in. >> i think definitely for the worse. you don't feel like you meet anybody in the bar, you have like 50 matches on your phone. [engine revving] [engine revving] [engine revving] ♪ introducing the first-ever 306 horsepower lexus rc coupe with available all-wheel drive. once driven, there's no going back. lease the 2015 rc 350 for $449 a month for 36 months.
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new information this morning about the widow of the paris gunman who attacked the kosher super market. she is in syria and has lipged with isis.
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26-year-old hayat boumeddiene, french police say she is the one there in the beige head scarf, she is seen as a crucial link to a possible terrorist cell inside france. she was married to amedy cowl la coulibaly coulibaly. >> they published when they say is a question and answer kind of session with his widow. they offer no proof though this is the woman, boumeddiene told the group she had no problem reaching isis territory. let's discuss this with cnn terror analyst paul crook shank. you have been looking into this. what do you think is most kweb shall that she allegedly has said. >> well, that claiming that she's reached the caliphate that put out this q&a yesterday in a french isis online magazine they put the same out in english
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today, and the basic claim is she's reached syria that she's happy to be there and has a message for other jihadis around the world to keep on the fight as well. but as you said no proof or picture or corroboration that she's actually reached syria. but she's believed to have crossed the tur turkish-syrian border the day before. >> she got there before the whole world was watching before everyone was looking for her and presumably would have been taking measures to keep her from getting in there. what's the propaganda significance of this? i would think if she's there they'd scream it from the rooftops. >> it's a great propaganda significance. allows isis to take some ownership over those attacks in
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paris. isis now saying that he dispatched his wife off to syria to join isis before the attacks. allows them to take a lot of propaganda from what is a very popular attack right across the global jihadist community. >> this one claim sticks with a lot of folks, that she had no problem getting out, crossing over into syria. that's a real problem if that's true. >> yeah, there's a lot of concern about people still crossing the border. about a thousand foreign fighters reaching syria and iraq each month. the turkish authorities have cracked down. it's a long border. they're still able to get these recruits across. right now, officials are meeting in brussels to discuss this whole foreign fighter problem, discussing stronger watch listing. >> they're going to have to do more than discuss it i think,
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in the coming days as more and more people cross that border. >> thanks paul. that's it for us today. thanks so much for joining us. >> "legal view" with ashleigh banfield starts right now. the tragic sequel to chris kyle's best selling book and the blockbuster movie. fireworks heading into day two of testimony in the american sniper murder trial. and speak of fireworks -- >> i think that gay marriage is an the ration of the definition of marriage and the united states supreme court does not have the authority or the federal courts do not have the authority to interpret a word that disputes the constitution. >> well, okay. alabama's chief justice monumenting a states rights versus gay